The SWEAP materials and activities assist teachers in guiding their students as they compare the ecology of three small watersheds with different land uses (e.g., agricultural, forested, developed). Students learn about the factors that determine the quantity and quality of water flowing from any watershed, and the impact this has on aquatic ecosystems.
Small Watershed Ecology Assessment Project
Watersheds and People
Students generate a list of local land use activities and consider how these activities may affect local water quality and quantity.
Students use topographic maps to determine watershed boundaries and better understand how watersheds are delineated.
Land Use in Small Watersheds
Students learn that there may be a range of land use activities in any given watershed and we can use aerial photographs to determine the relative proportion of different land use practices in a la
Soil Beneath Us
Students learn that soil is a complex mixture of rock, organic material, and water, along with air spaces.